“Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
– Billy Graham
Today is Veteran’s Day. It is a day we have set aside from all other days to honor those who have served in every branch of the United States Armed Forces. We should look forward to this day—not as simply another holiday or chance to save big at a “Veteran’s Day Sale”—but as an opportunity for thankfulness.
The proud service of our veterans shape the image of how we see ourselves as United States Citizens and the manner in which citizens of other countries interpret our place on the world stage. Their strength and courage inspires all of us to stand tall!
That we are not waking up this morning to the sounds of gunfire as rebels threaten our homes and families is a testament to the fortitude our nation exhibits through the courage and exemplary service of our Armed Forces. We owe so much to the little-seen efforts of these dedicated men and women in hostile countries, on ships at sea, or behind closed doors. They work far from the spotlight and the big stage, yet their actions are critical to the safety and well-being of all Americans.
As a nation we have an obligation to pause our daily routine to remember those who put their entire lives on hold to serve us—you and me, and our parents and our children, and their children. The sacrifices they made continue to influence the freedoms we enjoy, yet too often overlook. When it comes to men and women of the Armed Forces, let’s not forget their service and instead make it a habit to practice thankfulness on purpose.
Whatever you are, honor the sacrifice of those who have served!